The History Behind Friday the 13th (Lucky)

What were you doing on Janurary Friday the 13th?

I was at a course learning about the new English and Irish Language Circulicum in Limerick, Ireland. I treated myself to a large almond milk latte and booked some meditation and yoga classes for the month ahead. I even booked a place on a meditation retreat for this summer. I found all the information at the in-service teacher training day comprehendible and was not worried about future planning. Booking all my courses was a matter of minutes, and most of them are only a short drive away. Which is lucky, considering that I live in the heart of rural Ireland.  Overall I had a lovely and lucky day,

 Years ago I dreaded Friday the 13th as it had been so normalised that it was an unlucky day. But, it is pretty amazing what a shift in perspective and some research can do. Now I relish the day; knowing that it is a lucky day to be productive. 


Friday the 13th Meaning

1. A coven has 12 members and the 13th member is the High Priestess (or Priest).

2. The number thirteen is sacred to witches because we honor the Moon, and the Moon cycles around 13 times in one year.

3. The menstrual cycle, following the Moon, also comes around 13 times a year. Because we worship life and the Great Mother, this creative cycle of women is sacred.

4. The number 13 also shows Christian’s ancient matriarchal roots. Why 12 apostles? There’s nothing inherently sacred about the number 12. But with Jesus, the number is complete, at 13. (cool, huh?)

5. the number 13 is reflected on the U.S. $1 bill — 13 levels in the pyramid, 13 stars, 13 arrows, 13 stripes, 13 leaves, and 13 olives. There were also the original 13 colonies, too.

6. Thirteen was also once associated with the Epiphany by mainstream Christians, the Christ child having received the Magi on his thirteenth day of life.

7. 13 is one past 12, the dozen, almost universally regarded as a perfect number, signifying harmony and all good things. Thirteen, by contrast, is a number of transgression, taking matters one step too far, turning harmony into discord. It is also considered in the Bible to be the number of rebellion.

8. 13 is a number that signifies women and the Goddess. Friday is associated with Venus, the female Goddess and Goddess of Love making Friday the 13th a very powerful day for all women.

9. In Tarot decks, the 13th card of the Major Arcana is Death. While Death is rarely interpreted literally, it is possible that this furthered the perception of 13 as an unlucky number. Death is actually only a symbol for CHANGE.

10. 13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body.

11. The 13th rune – called “Eiwaz” – represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life.

12. The sacred cord of Druids has thirteen segments. The Sumerians used a zodiac including 13 constellations and 26 main stars. The thirteen gates of the Human body of the woman: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus, the urethra and the vagina. The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clubs.

13. The Jewish sage Moses Maimonides established 13 principles of the Jewish faith. The Chinese abacus consists of 13 columns of beads.

The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky. The ancient Egyptians also thought 13 brought good luck.

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